Swormville school receives grantby Western New York Catholic
SWORMVILLE — St. Mary School has been awarded a $25,000 grant from a private foundation to support the school's science and technology programs. An initial grant from the same foundation in 2014 was used to create the school's enhanced science lab. The school plans to use the grant funds to implement the Full Option Science System science program, which is a hands-on program that is modular based and will encourage a fuller use of the science lab.
Each module includes an engineering activity so that students see the link between science and application. Lessons contain research-based strategies and include active investigations, recording, research and assessment.
"We are extremely grateful for this generous gift which will boost our STREAM curriculum at all grade levels," said Mary Jo Aiken, principal. "This enhancement moves us from passive book learning into active engagement in science and we know that active learners are lifelong learners."
The STREAM curriculum - science, technology, religion, engineering, art and math - was introduced at St. Mary School in 2014 and gives students vital age appropriate skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration and innovation and essential technology skill sets.
A portion of the grant has also been allocated to the acquisition of more classroom iPads and software to support reading diagnostics and academic intervention services.